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When the schedule first was released last season, I will admit to circling this weekend’s Yankees-Mets tilt and thinking, ‘Really? April is much too early for the Subway Series.’ Shows what I know: it turns out, this is actually the perfect time for the Yankees and the Mets to meet head to head. Good job, schedule-makers!
If a few of these past Subway showdowns are any indication, we could be in for some wild fun this weekend:
The Yankees are hot, coming back off a long road trip having won six of their last seven games, including taking three of four from a very strong Tigers club in Detroit. The Mets are even hotter, having tied a franchise record with 11 consecutive victories — something they haven’t done 1990, the days of Straw & Doc.
You’re going to hear a lot this weekend about the Yankees trying to maintain their hold on the city, the Mets trying to rip it away. There might be some truth to that. You can make the case that, with their own expectations now sky-high, the Mets have more to lose this weekend than the Yankees do. Anthony DiComo has more on MLB.com.
Power arms, anyone? Michael Pineda and Jacob DeGrom will be on the mound tonight, CC Sabathia and Matt Harvey go at it on Saturday afternoon and the Sunday night matchup pits Nathan Eovaldi against Jonathan Niese. See you at the ballpark.
We’re underway at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla., where it’s funky 70’s day. Bell-bottoms, disco music and … Adam Warren, looking to put the finishing touches on the No. 5 starter’s job. As Brian Cashman said yesterday, Warren is essentially Secretariat in this race, so something catastrophic would have to happen for him not to begin the year as the fifth starter.
“That’s how we envisioned him when he first got here, that he would be a starter in our rotation,” Joe Girardi said today. “It’s not unusual for guys to get their feet wet in the bullpen to start. I think he’s grown up a lot the last couple of years, and he has an opportunity to start this year.”
The Yanks brought a light travel squad to Port Charlotte, with Didi Gregorius likely the biggest name in the lineup. Brendan Ryan, Chris Young, Garrett Jones and John Ryan Murphy are here as well.
Didi Gregorius SS
Brendan Ryan 2B
Garrett Jones 1B
Chris Young CF
John Ryan Murphy C
Rob Refsnyder DH
Slade Heathcott LF
Ramon Flores RF
Cole Figueroa 3B
RHP Adam Warren
In relief: David Carpenter, Chris Martin, Danny Burawa
David DeJesus DH
Brandon Guyer RF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Evan Longoria 3B
James Loney 1B
Desmond Jennings LF
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Logan Forsythe 2B
Curt Casali C
LHP Jordan Norberto
The Grapefruit League version of the Subway Series has reached George M. Steinbrenner Field, where the Yankees will host the Mets this afternoon at 1:05 p.m. ET. Masahiro Tanaka is on the mound for the Yanks, making what will be his third start of the spring as he continues to line up to be named the Opening Day starter.
After this outing, Tanaka would have one more start – probably on March 31, when he’d either endure a five-hour round trip bus trip to face the Twins in Fort Myers or pitch in a Minor League game across the street (guess which one I’m betting on?). He’d then have a full five days of rest before being ready to face the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on April 6.
Tanaka said yesterday that he is not thinking about that assignment, though he acknowledged it would be an honor to serve as the Opening Day starter. For now, he’s focused on getting his pitch count up against the Mets and – of course – making it to the regular season healthy.
Juan Lagares cf
Ruben Tejada ss
Lucas Duda 1b
John Mayberry Jr. lf
Kirk Nieuwenhuis rf
Travis d’Arnaud c
Johnny Monell dh
Alex Castellanos 3b
Matt Reynolds 2b
Rafael Montero rhp
In relief: Sean Gilmartin, Chase Bradford
Brett Gardner cf
Chase Headley 3b
Carlos Beltran rf
Mark Teixeira 1b
Alex Rodriguez dh
Garrett Jones lf
Stephen Drew 2b
Didi Gregorius ss
John Ryan Murphy c
Masahiro Tanaka rhp
In relief: Justin Wilson, Andrew Miller, Dellin Betances
I opened the door this morning to learn that the New York Post spent their night having a bit of fun with Photoshop, dressing Robinson Cano in the orange and blue of a Mets uniform.
Quite the sight, isn’t it? Of course, I can still remember seeing Bernie Williams painted into a Mets uniform on the back cover of a tabloid somewhere around ’99 or 2000 – headline: “PICTURE THIS.” That never quite came to fruition.
In any event, this Cano business is a compelling story. Cano’s representatives reportedly requested a meeting with the Mets last night at a “posh” Manhattan hotel; Jay-Z was there, as was agent Brodie Van Wagenen, but the Post reports that Cano did not attend the dinner. Mets COO Jeff Wilpon, GM Sandy Alderson and assistant GM John Ricco are said to have represented the ballclub.
The timing is curious, considering Alderson said last week at the GM Meetings that he couldn’t see his club giving out a $100 million contract this winter. That seemed to rule the Mets out for the likes of Shin-Soo Choo and Jacoby Ellsbury. Cano, as you well know, has set the bar highest of all the free agents with a 10-year, $305 million asking price.
And then there’s this tidbit that Anthony DiComo tucked into his writeup:
Over his first three offseasons as Mets GM, Alderson has not given out a free-agent contract larger than Frank Francisco’s recently-expired two-year, $12 million pact.
Considering the Dodgers and Magic Johnson said very early that they will not get involved in bidding for Cano, preferring to back their Brinks trucks up to keep Clayton Kershaw happy, it makes sense that Cano’s side is looking to press another team against the Yankees to drive up the price.
No better place to start than right across town. I wonder who picked up the check?
Hairston’s agent, Casey Close, told ESPN New York that his client expects to make a decision in “a matter of days.” The 32-year-old Hairston was a Met last season, batting .263 with 20 home runs and 57 RBIs in 134 games, and is expected to land at least a two-year deal.
“I think he’s a good fit for either team,” Close said. “But there are different roles at each place and Scott is deciding which is the best option for him.”
Yankees GM Brian Cashman has added two right-handed bats in recent weeks, claiming Russ Canzler on waivers from the Indians and signing Matt Diaz to a Minor League contract, but Cashman has said that he is not done looking for help in that department.
Both New York teams, as well as three other clubs, have also contacted the representative for free agent outfielder Ben Francisco, according to Mark Hale of the New York Post.
Agent John Boggs tells Hale that he and his client are looking for the “best opportunity” for Francisco “and who will offer the most at-bats.” Francisco, 31, batted .240 with four home runs and 15 RBIs in 82 games last season with the Blue Jays, Astros and Rays.